Why Citizen Generated Video is the Missing Link

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Yeah, Hollywood is good at what it does. The creative elite -- through their own wit, cunning and extraordinary good luck -- get to the top and determine the entertainment options for the entire world. And because they control manufacturing and distribution, nobody has been able to topple them. No problem. Their entertainment is very entertaining.

But wait. Cheap digital tools and the internet have opened up manufacturing and distribution to almost everyone. (See YouTube for the evidence. ) Oh, sure, 99% of the stuff sucks, but if you put a million monkeys at a million videocams.... The genius of YouTube is that it taps the creative genius of the entire modern world, and Hollywood simply can't compete with that. In fact, unlike Waterworld, Gigli, Heaven's Gate, Bonfire of the Vanities and Ishtar, even the soaring terribleness of user generated video can be irresistible.

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But UGV, as a term, has to go. Also citizen video and vlogging. From this point forward, the genre shall be called Monkeyvision.
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